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R2dmax
02-15-2006, 10:16 AM
my 88 735iL finally just let me down.
I had just ordered my new wheels, crossdrilled rotors and ceramic brake pads.
My Tranny started kicking into 3rd gear and displaying "Trans Program - See owners manual" on the dash when it was cold :mad: :mad: *thmbsdwn*
My rear end lifted up as i was riding home and started riding like a box truck; display "Self leveling suspension":mad: :mad: :mad: *thmbsdwn*

I took the car to BMW to get checked out and they said torque converter, speed sensor, trans mode switch etc etc. to replace will cost $4700.
the self-leveling rear - struts $1200 hydro pump (maybe) $500 lines, etc another $3000 in parts plus labor

Any suggestions?! Can I bypass the self leveling and repl w/ regular susp?*sad*

propr'one
02-15-2006, 11:19 AM
A) doing anything at the dealership is like driving without insurance. Whatever problem it is, you pay for it, and a 5000$ fine. Hit some independant shops man

touchofclass
02-19-2006, 04:23 PM
Call Charlie :) or Bruno :) they are both great guys. I think Charlie is www.bimmersport.com and Bruno www.e38.net Anyone here knows their phone numbers.
Both great guys and will help you :)

myndgone
02-19-2006, 04:42 PM
Call Charlie :) or Bruno :) they are both great guys. I think Charlie is www.bimmersport.com and Bruno www.e38.net Anyone here knows their phone numbers.
Both great guys and will help you :)

he's in North Carolina...

BMWF1
02-19-2006, 06:58 PM
scrap the car, you can rebuy a 88 7 series for the price of these repairs

R2dmax
02-20-2006, 09:46 AM
I really don't want to scrap it. If I buy another it is still used and I could run into the same or comparably expensive issues. I would like to find a rebuilt Transmission. I can install it myself.

Anyone know where to find decent, reasonable rebuilds?

propr'one
02-20-2006, 09:16 PM
bavauto

Bmwstylz
02-21-2006, 06:59 AM
scrap the car, you can rebuy a 88 7 series for the price of these repairs

You can buy 5 e32s for that money! May as well upgrade to an e38 for the cost of that repair quote.

Now if you wanna go used transmission, this is more of a canadian board so most people will recommend toronto shops. Your best bet would be to find a bmw shop or parts place in your area and price out a used transmission.

R2dmax
02-21-2006, 08:47 AM
That is my plan (used or rebuilt transmission) My favorite 7 is the e38*mw* , and it is an eventuality, however I really like my e32.

:idea: I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to bypass the self-leveling and put the regular suspension on the rear.:confused: That is the biggest thing. I believe I've already found the tranny*th-up*

cwiniarz
02-22-2006, 05:12 PM
there is a way to bypass the suspenstion leveling, visit roadfly.com and do a search in the forums. they have pretty much every fix for every problem

R2dmax
02-22-2006, 05:54 PM
there is a way to bypass the suspenstion leveling, visit roadfly.com and do a search in the forums. they have pretty much every fix for every problem
Thanks guy! Will do!

R2dmax
03-02-2006, 02:55 PM
OK, here is the solution I went with. I ordered the H&R Springs 1.25 & 1" drop from a great local company GMP Performance. I ordered the LAD Elimination Kit and Bilstein Sport Shocks from Bavarian Auto. *wiggle*

I talked to a guy here that rebuilds those transmissions all the time. He said to just buy the mode switch since it is bad. He said, because everything is ultimately linked through it, if its bad it can cause alll those codes. I ordered it from BMW.*th-up*

Totals:
Suspension: $900.00
Transmission: $ 65.00

Much better than *uzi* $10K, Huh*par-t*

cwiniarz
03-06-2006, 12:15 PM
glad everything worked out.

BMWags
03-06-2006, 11:00 PM
glad everything worked out.

ditto

R2dmax
03-19-2006, 12:09 AM
IT"S DONE!!!!!!!*wiggle*

My suspension is DONE!! I'll post pics soon. It rides great and sits really nice*par-t* I'm back in love with my car.

touchofclass
03-23-2006, 10:15 PM
Now you should come for the next MaxBimmer meet.. we can show our 7 series off :)

R2dmax
03-24-2006, 09:34 AM
Now you should come for the next MaxBimmer meet.. we can show our 7 series off :)

I'm in the Southeastern US. Aren't you in Canada or upstate NY?

Hound
04-22-2006, 11:17 PM
can't w3ait to see pics of this, im tentatively getting one and you'll proly see me posting huge ammounts of q's in here more often

R2dmax
04-24-2006, 08:29 AM
OK here are a coupl of pix. Nothing special. I took them w/ my camera phone. But it does have a nice stance...*th-up*

Hound
04-24-2006, 02:52 PM
looks good, look forward to some better pics, do a photoshoot :P :D